Dr. Freeman S. Howlett

Dr. Freeman S. Howlett, of Wooster. gave 46 years of his life to Ohio agriculture. He was an educator, scientist and administrator at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and The Ohio State University. He conducted extensive studies in greenhouse vegetable culture, plant nutrition and worked with rootstocks in apples and pears. He founded five varieties of apples, Melrose, Franklin, Ruby, Holiday and Holly. The Melrose apple has become one of consumers' favorite types. Howlett was a member of the American Society of Horticultural Science, serving as secretary, vice-president and president. He was a member of the International Society of Horticultural Science, Fruit Commission, Ohio State Horticultural Society. Ohio Forestry Association and the Ohio Vegetable and Potato Growers Association. The Ohio State University Board of Trustees named the horticulture and food science building after Howlett in 1971 entitling it Howlett Hall.

Howlett died November 18, 1970 at age 70.